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Dance for people living with Parkinson's

Dance can support people living with Parkinson's to develop confidence and strength, and provide the opportunity for creativity and self-expression, whist also temporarily relieving some participants of symptoms in everyday life.

"...I've identified about eight or ten words to describe what we’re doing: imagination, creativity, language, colour, music, rhythm. And I’ve not come across anything, anything in my diverse life, which combines all those things. The breadth and depth of what is going on downstairs [in the studio] is significant.”

“I feel released from the Parkinson’s, in more control of my body and with friends.”

Participant quotes: English National Ballet, Dance for Parkinson’s: An Investigative Study 2 - A report on a three-year mixed methods research study by Dr. Sara Houston and Ashley McGill MSc, April, 2015 with Prof. Raymond Lee, Katherine Watkins MCSP and Cameron Donald and Pavilion Dance South West, Parkinson’s Dance class feedback 2015/2016.

Why dance?
There’s an increasing appetite for dance these days and the broad ways it benefits our health and wellbeing. This is felt by people of all ages and physical abilities. One group that now attaches particular value to taking part in dance is that of people living with Parkinson’s.

A growing body of evidence points to the real physical, mental and social benefits experienced by people living with Parkinson’s when they dance. For example, research into English National Ballet’s (ENB) dance and Parkinson’s programme, published in 2015 by Dr Sara Houston of Roehampton University, concluded that dance as a group activity can:
  • Encourage feelings of inclusion and positive social interaction
  • Promote a sense of community that is particularly meaningful, motivating and energising for people living with Parkinson’s
  • Aid fluency of movement
  • Help people with Parkinson’s communicate and express themselves.

Kiki's blog

Kiki Gale MBE, Director of the Dance for Parkinson's Partnership UK, explains the change from a Network to a Partnership. She looks forward to a spirit of collaboration continuing to give all those in the UK living with Parkinson's the opportunity to enjoy and engage in the creative, dynamic and aesthetic experience that participation in dance can offer... Read Kiki's blog here>>
Steff's blog

From a cuppa and a chat to doing a Haka... Steff Streat, who has lived with Parkinson's for 10 years, blogs on the difference going to a dance for Parkinson's class makes to her quality of life. Click here to read more>>
Miriam's blog

Dance practitioner Miriam Early has always loved what she does yet admits to going a bit sulky whenever it came to any serious self-analysis of her craft. But that’s now changed… Click here to read Miriam's blog>>

Julia and Alison's blog

Julia Melton (left) and Alison Williams go to the same dance for Parkinson's class in Edinburgh. In this joint blog, Julia and Alison praise the class volunteers, or 'bird-scarers' who do so much to make the class so enjoyable, and so important… Click here to read on>>

Find a class

Find a Dance for Parkinson's class in your area using the Google map below.
You can zoom in and out of the map and click the green flag close to where you live to find out more.

Dance classes and groups run throughout the UK. They are usually open to friends and carers, as well as people with Parkinson's. It's always best to contact the group leader before going to your first class.

If you can't find a class in your area, please contact

The Google Map is updated fortnightly - if you run a class and would like it to be listed on the map please complete the form below with full details of your class and click the red send button.

Please note: You will not be contacted once your class is listed so please do re-visit the map to check.

UK Dance for Parkinson's class map

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